Happy Earth Day everyone! For 42 years, millions of people around the globe gather on April 22nd to acknowledge, celebrate and protect the planet that we call home. And today, on Earth Day’s 43rd anniversary, more than a billion people worldwide are projected to partake in this year’s festivities, making this year’s holiday the largest one to date.
However, this year’s Earth Day is geared at a very touchy subject…Climate change. Often a hot topic, the subject of climate change can be heard from coffee shops to Capitol Hill. But whatever your stance on the subject may be, there is no denying the importance global temperature plays on our environment. In a study conducted by 350.org, in 2012, 3,215 “record high temperatures” were set in just the month of June alone. Furthermore, the entire year of 2012 saw a 17% increase in recorded record highs from the previous year and a 38% increase from the end of the 50′s. In fact, a report made for the World Bank states that by the end of this century, our planet’s average temperature will rise by a total of 4 degrees Celsius.
But what’s 4 degrees right? A 4 degree rise is no big deal, I mean, what damage could possibly be done by 4 insignificant degrees? Well, for starters, corals in our ocean could become completely extinct by 2100. Sea levels could see a rise of 15 to 20% in certain areas of the tropics. Droughts would increase in tropical and developing countries and large sections of Rainforests could transform into low biomass woodlands. These diverse ecosystems around our globe are extremely delicate, and even the slightest change in temperatures can be devastating to the environment, let alone a 4 degree increase.
These rises in temperature affect every living thing on this planet, from the tiniest ant to members of your own community. Rises in temperatures affect our atmosphere and weather as well. Since 2012, 13 extreme weather events like floods, heatwaves and hurricanes have been linked to an increase in global temperatures.
So we think it’s pretty apparent…
We humans are stinkin’ up the joint.
So this year, Earth Day has created a social campaign, “The Face of Climate Change,” where EarthDay.org will collect and display images of people, animals and locations that were directly affected or threatened by climate changes. But they need your help. They need you, the citizens of our planet, to be climate reporters. So head on over to Earthday.org to post your pictures and share your stories that show the true face of climate change.
So you’re probably asking yourself, “What does a luxury bathing manufacturer have anything to do with Earth Day?” Well, our wonderful, wasteful friends, we at Speakman share the same goals as Earth Day, and that is to create a sustainable world that all of us can enjoy. And one of the largest problems that face our planet is the wasting of our planet’s greatest natural resource…water.
The numbers speak for themselves, and those numbers are horrifying. Over 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe water supplies, and even more striking, over 3.1 million children die each year from water related diseases. And not to mention, in America we waste water more than any country on this planet. After digging around for some facts, we created this little infographic below to display how much water we are actually wasting:
19.3 minutes in the shower Los Angeles? What are you guys even doing in there?
Anyway, we at Speakman work with various organizations, like WaterSense, to create incredible shower heads that disperse less gallons of water per minute but are still expertly engineered to maintain that same optimal performance. By switching to a Low Flow Shower Head, the average family could save up to 2,900 gallons of water per year, which equals to roughly 40 gallons per day. Not to mention, a low flow shower head could save about 2.2 billion dollars annually in American utility bills. To check out some of our specialized low flow shower heads that will save both water, and money, please visit here.
Other measures you could also consider taking would be to turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth, which could save as much as 3,000 gallons per year. Or even taking shorter showers can save countless gallons of precious water. Our suggestion is to take the “One Song Shower Challenge,” in which you play your favorite song while taking a shower and try to finish up before the song ends…(rock ballads don’t count).
Alright everybody, Earth Day is upon you. It’s up to you to make a difference. But the point is to not just celebrate Earth Day today, but to make everyday Earth Day. That may sound cheesy to some of you, but if we don’t start taking measures to project our planet, we won’t have an Earth Day to celebrate.
So do something nice for Mother Nature, take a photo of her, hashtag that baby with #FaceOfClimate and send it on over to EarthDay.org so they can share your contributions to the world.
Are you doing outrageously awesome things for Earth Day? Let us know! Tweet us @SpeakmanCompany and tell us your story, we’d love to hear all about it.
Happy Earth Day everyone!